According to the latest National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the rate of drivers who text while driving increased to 1.5% in 2012, compared to 1.3% in 2011.
Although the percentage of young drivers who text dropped to 3% in 2012 compared to 3.7% in 2011, this is still the highest rate among all age classes in the survey. Meanwhile, drivers between the ages of 25 and 69 increased their use of handheld electronic devices while driving to 1.4% in 2012, up from 1.1% in 2011.
Texting while driving has become one of the leading causes of serious car accidents, even surpassing drunk driving. The NHTSA reports that texting while driving is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated at the legal BAC limit. The number of alcohol-related traffic deaths has dropped over 50% since 1982; meanwhile, the number of non-alcohol-related traffic deaths has jumped 78% in the same amount of time.
Car accidents caused by cell phone use have become an epidemic, along with other forms of distracted driving. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a car accident caused by a texting driver, make sure you obtain the compensation you need and deserve to recover from your losses.
Please contact Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A. today or call (614) 766-2000 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Columbus car accident attorneys. We represent injured victims of distracted driving in Columbus, New Albany, Dublin, and all of Ohio.